The body of a Muslim woman, killed in a German courtroom by a man convicted of insulting her religion, has been taken back to her native Egypt for burial.

Marwa Sherbini, 31, was stabbed 18 times by Axel W, who is now under arrest in Dresden for suspected murder.

Husband Elwi Okaz is also in a critical condition in hospital, after being injured as he tried to save his wife.

Ms Sherbini had sued her killer after he called her a “terrorist” because of her headscarf.

The case has attracted much attention in Egypt and the Muslim world.

German prosecutors have said the 28-year-old attacker, identified only as Axel W, was driven by a deep hatred of foreigners and Muslims.


Medics were unable to save Ms Sherbini who was three months pregnant with her second child. Her three-year-old son was with the family in court when she was killed.

Axel W and Ms Sherbini and family were in court for his appeal against a fine of 750 euros ($1,050) for insulting her in 2008, apparently because she was wearing the Muslim headscarf or Hijab.

Newspapers in Egypt have expressed outrage at the case, asking how it was allowed to happen and dubbing Ms Sherbini “the martyr of the Hijab”.

Senior Egyptian officials and German diplomatic staff attended the funeral in Alexandria along with hundreds of mourners.

Media reports say Mr Okaz was injured both by the attacker and when a policeman opened fire in the courtroom.



  1. poor lady, stabbed for standing up for her rights, what a shame it is on german society and the west at large, its absoloutely disgusting, apperantly muslims are safe nowhere on earth. bigotry breeds hate and as it seems now, even murder.

    may God rest her soul, amin.

  2. poor woman that german guy should have been shot instead of the her husband who was only trying to help his wife. Muslim are being treated like scum all over europe. Do they want us to start treatin them like scum in our countries.

  3. How is it suspected murder if it happen in court? How can it be that only the husband was injured were there not others around who tried to help? and for her allah ha narxristo to be stapped 18 times is public in the court of law how can that be? How could the man get that close with a wepon in A european court? I dont get it